Minnelli Picks Up Icon Prize At Silver Clef Awards

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July 2, 2011 | 9:30am EST

Liza Minnelli put her superstar status down to “hard work” as she picked up the Icon prize at the Silver Clef awards in London on Friday.
The veteran entertainer was the toast of the annual ceremony, organized in conjunction with music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins, but she remained humble about her success after accepting her trophy.

She said, “I’m just a hard worker… I say be a hard worker so when luck meets preparation you’re ready. It feels weird to be described as an icon but it’s flattering. This organization recognising the power of music is sensational.”

The evening also saw British rockers Status Quo win a lifetime achievement prize, while Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was named best live act.

Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox was recognized for her outstanding contribution to U.K. music, Canadian band Arcade Fire was hailed as Ambassadors of Rock and London rapper Tinie Tempah was branded best newcomer.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro were named the best British band while boy band McFly received the digital innovation award for their website.